Our Mission: Goodwill Industries empowers individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work.
The first Goodwill in the New York Metropolitan area originated in Brooklyn in 1915. We were started by two clergymen, one from the Brooklyn City Mission and Tract Society and the other from Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, who were inspired by the work in Boston of national Goodwill founder the Rev. Dr. Edgar J. Helms. Goodwill Industries of Brooklyn became independent quickly; it incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1920 to buy the building that contained its store and workrooms.
In 1922, a Manhattan Goodwill was started through the New York Protestant Missionary Society. The Brooklyn and Manhattan Goodwills merged in 1962 to form Goodwill Industries of Greater New York. The move to our current Astoria headquarters took place in 1970.
Goodwill Industries of New Jersey was founded in Jersey City in 1919 by St. Paul's Community House. New Jersey Goodwill later moved its program center to its current Harrison location. The Greater New York and Northern New Jersey Goodwills merged in 1999.
Over 100 years later, we’re helping more than 60,000 people a year — through our 42 stores and 83 programs - to more fully and independently participate in society.
President & CEO
Executive Vice President, Mission Services
Executive Vice President, Operations
CFO & Executive Vice President, Finance
Board of Directors
Henry E. Gooss
Michael S. Insel, Esq. (decd.)
Walter V. Shipley
Don M. Wilson, III
David C. Coquillette
David Belkin, CPA
Andrew Baehr, CFA
Bing E. Garrido
William J. Sales
Reports & Compliance
Since 2002, Goodwill's Compliance Division supports the organization in achieving transparency, accountability, as well as the highest legal and ethical standards, while ensuring the organization meets its regulatory obligations. Accountability is built upon established policies and procedures, risk analysis, and training geared to assuring well-informed employees.
Through a robust review process, both the efficiency and effectiveness of Goodwill’s programs are improved. The Chief Compliance Officer reports directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Through approaches that encourage commitment and ethical practice, a culture of compliance is cultivated. Compliance creates and maintains a culture of integrity while defining and identifying best practices.